Episode 117: Reducing Bias, Eating at the Red Hen and Midterm Turnout

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  • Red Hen restaurant and President Trump’s tweet
  • Maxine Waters call for harassment of conservatives
  • Hawk Newsome’s recommendation for pardon consideration
  • Scott’s conversation yesterday, with an…
    • informed, educated, highly intelligent liberal media person

 

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Singapore’s ‘Pink Dot’ LGBT Rights Rally Sees Record Turnout

By Rujun Shen

SINGAPORE, June 13 (Reuters) – Singapore’s Pink Dot gay rights rally drew a record number of participants on Saturday, even as the country remains deeply divided over homosexuality.

In early evening, a mostly young, pink-donned crowd was filling up the small Hong Lim Park, decked out in hot pink balloons and signs, next to Singapore’s central financial district. The event, in its 7th year, included speeches and a concert, while 28,000 participants formed a gigantic human pink dot after night fall, the organizer said.

The event’s spokesman, Paerin Choa, somberly recounted the challenges the gay rights movement had encountered over the past year, including a court decision to uphold a law criminalizing sexual acts between men.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said last week that the country was not ready for same-sex marriage, while a “Wear White” movement started by religious groups to counter Pink Dot has entered its second year.

“I hope that they will legalize gay marriage,” said a 20-year-old Danish man, holding up a pink sign with a friend to offer free hugs near a subway exit on the edge of the park.

“Many people have been in the closet for a long time, and perhaps they shouldn’t be afraid,” he said, adding he had not told his parents of his homosexuality but friends had been supportive.

The government has always insisted that Singapore is a conservative society.

Yet one sign of more support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is the growing corporate sponsorship for the event. This year, Pink Dot had a record nine corporate sponsors, with new sponsors including social media platform Twitter, financial information company Bloomberg and local movie theater chain Cathay Organization.

“We believe it speaks volumes to Singaporeans to know that a local employer does not discriminate and hires based on merits,” said a spokesman for Cathay.

“Cathay recognizes the value of an inclusive and diversified society especially within the workforce.”

With more countries around the world legalizing gay marriages, businesses are recognizing the economic benefits of adopting a non-discriminative approach to sexuality, both in terms of marketing and recruitment.

(Additional reporting by Lee Rou Urn; editing by Clelia Oziel)

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Ireland Gay Marriage Vote Sees High Yes Turnout

* Ireland would be first to adopt gay marriage by referendum

* Polls indicate ‘Yes’ campaign win, turnout strong

* http://link.reuters.com/qax74w

* For Take A Look, please click on: (Updates with turnout, No side say signs positive for Yes)

By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries

DUBLIN, May 22 (Reuters) – Irish voters turned out in droves to cast ballots in a gay marriage referendum on Friday, with the high turnout likely to favor the Yes side seeking equality just two decades after the country decriminalized homosexuality.

With the once mighty Catholic Church’s influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

Irish national broadcaster RTE said it appeared to have been one of the highest ever turnouts for a referendum in the country, with turnout likely to reach 60 percent in Dublin. Only 39 percent voted nationally in an unsuccessful bid to abolish the upper house of parliament in 2013.

“It’s looking as if there’s a strong vote in urban areas, which would be more beneficial to the Yes side,” said Mattie McGrath, one of just two of Ireland’s 166 members of parliament who campaigned for a No vote.

“It’s all to play for tomorrow, but the Yes vote might shade it,” he said. There was no national exit poll and the first indications of the result were expected mid-morning on Saturday.

Yes campaigners also said the high turnout was a good sign.

“[I’m] beginning to dare to hope,” said Rory O’Neill, also known by his drag queen stage name Panti Bliss, who has been one of the faces of the Yes campaign.

The result may depend on whether younger voters, tens of thousands of whom registered as the campaign gathered momentum, turn out to cast their ballots.

The result, which will likely be declared late Saturday afternoon, may also reveal an urban/rural split. When voters legalized divorce by a razor thin majority in 1995, only five of the 30 constituencies outside Dublin backed the proposal.

International interest made the hashtag #VoteYes the top trending issue on Twitter and thousands of Irish expatriates made the trip home from Britain and as far afield as New York and Sydney to vote, groups encouraging the ‘Yes’ vote, using the hashtag #hometovote, said.

“I’ve been genuinely overwhelmed by the scale and the scope of the hometovote movement,” said Joey Kavanagh of the Get The Boat 2 Vote group, as he and about 50 others made the eight-hour journey by train and ferry from London to Dublin.

“It’s a very festive, celebratory atmosphere. At the moment we’re hanging up posters in the lounge and stringing up balloons. People are just very eager to get back.”

Gay marriage is backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities, all hoping it will mark a transformation in a country that was long regarded as one of the most socially conservative in Western Europe.

The Catholic Church, whose doctrine teaches that homosexuality is a sin, has mainly limited its ‘No’ campaigning to sermons to its remaining flock, a marked contrast with active public opposition to similar moves in France and elsewhere.

Instead, lay groups have led the opposition, raising concerns over parenthood and surrogacy rights for gay couples. Many believe the recognition of the legal rights of same-sex couples in 2009 is sufficient.

“I don’t think it’s necessary because it’s covered in the civil partnership arrangements,” said Sean, a retiree voting in the leafy Dublin suburb of Blackrock. Only a couple of his friends were voting ‘Yes’, he said.

“I’m not convinced, I think it’s wrong and I don’t agree with it.” (Editing by Janet Lawrence, Bernard Orr)

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